Wednesday, November 02, 2011

25 Pictures from the 2011 European Rabbit Hopping Championships

9 comments:

SixBunnies said...

I did not know such a thing existed! The rabbits are amazing!

wendyzski said...

I have an online friend from Finland who "hops" her buns. It's much like dog agility - some really take to it, and others couldn't care less.

anonymous said...

Truly an elite strike force in training for the Great Disapproval of the beans and their bitty branes.

Unknown said...

Video from a similar event last year (or perhaps even the same event) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptyKSiRyQ4Y

Furbeast said...

Even in the heat of competition and the immense emotional and mental pressures that competing at an elite level brings, not to mention the crowds and intense media scrutiny, Bunny stays focused on the one key element that differentiates the champions from the also-hopped: Disapproval. Folks, we have a winner.

anonymous said...

We do, Furbeast, and I think it's you!

Furbeast said...

Serious question here. After viewing the video @unknown posted, does anyone know if jumping that high (and landing with such force) poses any health repercussions for the bunnies down the road? The ones in the videos seemed very well-loved and cared for, but I couldn't help but think of (human) gymnasts and the skeletal issues they often face later on in life.

SixBunnies said...

FurB: I was concerned about that, too! Most do seem to enjoy it, as they take off and run without much prodding. Some are little ornery buns and just find ways around or through the obstacles, which is probably what my bunnies would do!

janet2buns said...

@ Furbeast:Bunnies can jump quite surprising heights, relative to their size. HRH Queen Phoebe can jump onto a 31" table with ease. I don't know if there would be adverse effects if she did this regularly.

Rabbits can break limbs and even their backs if they land "wrong". Too often, this happens when a stoopid hoomin child drops a bunny or if the bunny falls unexpectedly. These hopping competitors appear to know what they're doing, in my opinion.